Beswick Cobras triumph at first Queen’s T10 Blast

BLAST OFF: The Beswick Cobras were the winning team in the first-ever T10 Blast hosted by Queen’s College on Sunday Picture: NCOMINKOSI MKANDLA

Cricket fans were treated to big sixes on Sunday at the Parry Davies fields when Queen’s College hosted the first-ever T10 blast.

The 10 over game featured the Connaught Warriors, College Titans, Beswick Cobras, Whitson Knights, Kudu Dolphins and Queen’s College Lions, all made up of the two Queen’s schools.

The teams, funded by local companies, each featured players from the first, second and third teams mixed with U14 and U15 boys.

Beswick Cobras and Queen’s College Lions made the final and the teams went all out to pile on the runs in their 10 overs.

The Cobras stepped up first and put on a massive 107, losing only three wickets. In reply, the Lions never got going and ended on 59 runs at the cost of five wickets.

Bryan Muir of the Cobras won the best batsman and player of the tournament awards for his 100 runs battered in yellow. His teammate Mbasa Thomas was the best bowler for taking four wickets in the four games the Lions played, even securing a maiden over.

Lukanyo Saul, also of the Lions, won the moment of the day for a winning six he scored against the Titans in the semi-finals. Musa Nkubu of the Connaught Warriors won fielding moment of the tournament for a great catch against the Whitson Knights.

Cobras coach Siyabonga Lusiba said good game plans, tactics and players stepping up to the plate delivered the tournament to his team.

“Our captain, Bryan Muir, and vice-captain, Desmond Ayeh, did a great job when it came to controlling the games and showing the youngsters that they were part of the team. Gordon Plaatjie also played a big role in the team as the assistant coach, making sure the boys were ready and performing at their best.

“The experience was great for everyone who played or watched. I think it was the first time something like that took place in South Africa. The experience was probably, even more, overwhelming for the U14 and U15 boys playing with the seniors and the guys they look up to,” said Lusiba.

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